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Plane maker Airbus has reissued emergency guidelines to pilots after experts said a missing Air France jet may have had false speed measurements. French air accident investigators said automatic messages broadcast by the jet in its final moments showed the plane's systems were giving different readings.
Near the ground in a landing configuration, the plane stalls in the 130 knot range (don't know exact number, a light of pilots on this site can probably elaborate).
Originally posted by solidshot
If Airbus feel that the accident could have been caused or aggravated by instruments giving a false reading and seem to think it may happen again as seemingly shown here should the aircraft not be grounded until this problem is fixed?
Airbus has reissued guidelines to pilots after experts said the plane may have had false speed measurements.
A spokesman for Airbus said that a notice had been sent reminding Airbus air crews worldwide what to do when speed indicators give conflicting read-outs.
Spokesman Justin Dubon said that the inconsistent readings meant that "the air speed of the aircraft was unclear".
He said that in such circumstances, flight crews should maintain thrust and pitch and - if necessary - level off the plane and start troubleshooting procedures as detailed in operating manuals.
*For all we know it could have been a f**kin meteor hitting the aircraft - design for that!
Earlier on Saturday, the head of French air investigators said at a news conference north of Paris that the jet was due to have part of its airspeed sensor system replaced after the plane’s manufacturer, Airbus, had advised operators of some of its A330 aircraft to do so.